IoT in healthcare
Early on, developers identified healthcare as an up-and-coming market for IoT technology. With many patients and limited staff, the healthcare industry needs innovative solutions to give all patients the attention and care they need. Regulations in many countries have slowed down the developments. Still, creative and promising solutions are now getting a foothold in the market, especially in non-hospital environments such as assisted living facilities or nursing homes.
Benefits of IoT in healthcare
There are huge benefits to be found when IoT technology is implemented in the field of healthcare. Remote monitoring of a patient’s conditions, aiding the elderly or patients in daily activities, and increasing patient safety are broad aspects of the available applications. Looking at devices, we mainly have two fields – External devices and wearable devices.
External devices are IoT sensors, cameras, and similar technology placed in and around the patient space. External devices can monitor indoor climate, elements such as doors and windows, sleep quality, water consumption, activity levels, behavior change, anomaly detection, activate night lights, automatic alarms, caregiver notifications, and more.
Wearable devices, usually wristbands, where caretakers monitor patients’ health status, pulse, blood pressure, location, fall detection, and similar.
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